Investments clean up

Venture capital investments have dropped and insolvencies are set to rise, but investment in Cleantech firms reached new highs in 2007 according to the Library House.

Investment down, but new energy up

Venture capitalist firms tightened their belts in a tough 2007, with investments across Europe falling 6.6 per cent on the previous year. But, according to data from analyst Library House, quarterly investment in Cleantech companies surged past €200 million (£149 million).

Insolvencies are set to hit hard this year as borrowing costs rise and all lenders reign in their risk profiles. According to some, smaller companies are likely to be affected the worst. Paris-based credit insurance and management firm Euler Hermes stated that European insolvencies are set to jump 8.3 per cent to 13,492.

Marc Barber

Marc Barber

Marc was editor of GrowthBusiness from 2006 to 2010. He specialised in writing about entrepreneurs, private equity and venture capital, mid-market M&A, small caps and high-growth businesses.

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